April 29, 2010
Perhaps calling Obama a socialist was misleading. Telling people when they have enough money isn’t a symptom of Socialism but of Communism.
April 28, 2010
American losses in Afghanistan and Iraq are Israel’s fault. Says Obama, not some kooky guy preaching on the corner.
“According to a Quinnipiac poll published last week, a whopping 67 percent of American Jews disapprove of Obama’s handling of the situation between Israel and the Palestinians. A poll of American Jews taken by John McLaughlin earlier this month showed that a plurality of American Jews would consider voting for a candidate other than Obama in the next presidential elections.”
I’m betting Obama still gets the majority of the Jewish vote in the next election. Amazing, but true.
April 27, 2010
April 26, 2010
James Taranto opposes “Everybody draw Mohammed day” and makes some interesting points as to why.
April 22, 2010
I’ve been mixed about Michael Steele as head of the RNC since the beginning. While I liked him as a candidate for office in Maryland, and preferred him to part-time Chair Mel Martinez, I found his eventual election to RNC Chair to be gimmicky and reeking of “they have a black guy, we have a black guy.”
Two months later, he deviated from established party platform on abortion. I thought this was a huge deal, despite the fact that the position he articulated was my exact position on abortion. The party has a position, it is the Chair’s job to promote and defend it.
And ultimately, that’s the problem I have with his current comments about whether black people have a reason to vote Republican. He says they don’t. Which, would be fine, if he weren’t head of the party! The fact that the head of the party, who is also black, doesn’t think black people have a reason to vote for his party…is a problem. Because, well, it’s his job to convince them otherwise. It’s not some other dude’s job, it’s his! As Patterico points out “the Republican Party is supposed to be better because it stands for principles that help all people, including blacks.” And Patterico concludes “If Michael Steele can’t think of a reason that blacks should vote Republican, get rid of him and install someone who can.” EXACTLY.
April 21, 2010
April 20, 2010
“Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”"
People who have covered the White House for years tell me that’s an extremely unusual thing to do in an area that regularly features protests.
As a sidenote: I recently had to explain to a 22-year old that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was actually enacted as a pro-gay compromise. How crazy is that?! What was a positive step forward for gay people in the 90’s is seen as a completely unacceptable compromise today. How things do change.
I was in Vegas for my birthday. And it was good.
Back to blogging soon.
April 16, 2010
April 15, 2010
We are a forgiving culture:
April 12, 2010
I don’t often agree with anything on the Feministe site but I’ve had a mostly civil back and forth with that site for many years. I hadn’t checked in to that site in awhile so when Jill of Feministe posted a link today on her twitter, I checked it out. The post, about sexual and physical assaults on transgender women was fairly standard fare over there. I left what can only be described, and do correct me if I’m wrong, the most innocuous comment of all time:
The author wrote:
“We are caught in the Catch-23: be open about our background and accept that many potential sex partners will simply lose interest, or not disclose and run the risk of being assaulted or even murdered by our partners.”
To which I responded:
How is this a dilemma? Clearly, the only option for a trans person is to disclose. How is that not obvious? I have nothing but sympathy for trans people, and anyone violent against them should be persecuted to the fullest extent, but not disclosing that they are transsexual is truly unacceptable behavior. It’s a major, awful lie. The way for trans people to be accepted is not to trick people into loving them, but to be open about who they are. Lying will only lead to violence and further marginalization in society.
Banned! For that! Seriously! Someone commented to my “major, awful lie”: “Yes, heaven forbid someone be tricked into touching me without prior warning, so they can put on their medicated gloves first.”
And then a moderator wrote “Sincerest apologies to those who saw the transphobic comment that was here for about 5 minutes before I saw it (and banned the person who left it). Alyson replied to it at the same time as I deleted it. It’s still in the archives, assuming that none of us empties the trash, but I won’t be reposting it unless CL specifically asks me to.”
TRANSPHOBIC. Is you kidding me? There is nothing transphobic about my comment. I can only imagine the scorn Feministe would heap on a straight man who would lie and deceive a woman to get her into bed, yet complete trickery on the part of a transsexual is perfectly acceptable, and if you dare question that then you’re the hater. Outrageous.
It’s sad that so many blogs have become total echo chambers. I have only ever banned the most outrageous commenters, and never because I merely disagreed with them. Crazy.
Obama says the U.S. is still working on our democracy. One of his aides adds that Obama has taken “historic steps” (as if anything Obama does can be anything but historic) to improve our democracy.
This is our president speaking, not some wacky college professor trying to sound smarter than he is, not some songwriter trying to be edgy. Our president. As the saying goes, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.
Hat-tip Allah’s twitter.
April 8, 2010
Upper West Side, NYC:
April 7, 2010
President Barack Obama’s advisers will remove religious terms such as “Islamic extremism” from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.
April 6, 2010
Photos by Matthew Adam Photography:
It was a magical, incredible day (weekend, really). And this last year has been the happiest time of my life.
The truth is, the baby is not the reason I’m not blogging. She requires a lot of attention, sure, but I’ve got lots of internet time despite that. My lack of blogging is simply media boredom mixed with the attention-suck that is twitter. I haven’t been motivated to comment on anything I’ve read lately (other than “really, Tiger, another press conference about how you’re sorry to us for having cheated on your wife?” but I said all that already after his last press conference). I’ll be back just as soon as I’m inspired. Might be tomorrow, might be the next day. Miss you guys.